Christmas 2011!

Our Christmas this year was different, but fun. We had church in the morning and then went to someone's house for lunch. They had a pool table so we had fun playing with it. Here are some pictures from our day. Some of them my sister took and others are pix I took via Instagram.

                                          Ruth loved pool! (it is her 11th birthday today, BTW.)
Can't beat coffee and snow-man doughnuts from Krispie-Kreme!
 My mom made this neat cake! She make a sheet of chocolate cake and put whipped cream on it and rolled it up to make it look like a log. Then she frosted it and made these cute little mushrooms out of meringue. Yum!  
One of our Starbucks ornaments. We have a TON.
 My friend whom I have know since I was 4 or 5 sent me this picture of us from when my family lived in M.N. It was the sweetest thing ever. I haven't seen their family in like, 7 or 8 years. They are the best friends I have and I miss them all a ton. <3 :)

 We love old TV shows like Bonanza! This picture of Ruth is so funny--I'm not quite sure what she was doing...
 My brother knows how stinkin' much I LOVE MEL GIBSON'S MOVIE The Patriot, so for Christmas he got me the extended cut on Blu-Ray. I found out before Christmas though, because I had opened the package when it came in the mail, thinking it was another thing I had ordered. I felt so bad! MJ decided to give it to me for Christmas anyway, but he pretended it was from Santa. Here is a copy of the letter he wrote...

"Dear Maria Beasley,
I am the great Santa Claus. As you probably know, I give out epic presents to good little boys and girls who don’t sneak looks at what’s under the wrapping before the gift is given to them. And as you probably know as well, I give coal to bad little boys and girls who are so impatient that they sneak looks at what’s under the wrapping before the gift is given to them. I know what you did to your poor brother, but, since you apologized, I have decided to let you keep The Extended Cut Of “The Patriot” on Blu-ray because I am nice. However, because of what you did, I am balancing out your gift with a hearty supply of coal. Also, as punishment, you must acquire for your perfectly nice brother exactly four pictures of  [a character from a film MJ likes]  so that he can create a fake slipcover for the soundtrack disc he owns.
Remember, I know whether you’ve been naughty or nice, so, if you don’t do that, you will wake up one morning and realize that The Extended Cut Of “The Patriot” on Blu-ray has disappeared from your bookshelf. I’m always watching you !

With no respect whatsoever,
     Santa Claus"   

                                                               Jo got a "fire-mans" suit! :)   

 One of the things my Dad gave Mom was a copy of each of his books. She was so excited to receive them!

       I think this box was from mom and dad and it had an itunes gift card in it! Yay!!!! They know me well! ;)
                                 This is Micaiah's "My sister just gave me an mp3 player" face! Lol!
                    Mom and Dad gave me this beautiful new ring for Christmas and I absolutely LOVE it!!!

So, that was our Christmas! It was quiet and fun. We had an awesome time together at Church remembering the real reason for Christmas, fellow-shipping at our friends house and at home being together. How was your Christmas celebration?


Christmas Time

 Hey everyone! I'm back. Thanks for your nice comments on my last post, I'm really glad you like reading my blog. Seriously. :)

These are some pictures from the past month. I absolutely love the Christmas season!!!! It is my favorite of all the seasons, I think. I love wrapping presents, baking Christmas cookie, listening to Christmas music etc. It's all so fun!

                                                              Peppermint mocha!

My sister and I went and took some pictures in the field behind our house. We had fun and I think we got some good ones. ;)

              Our family went to Old Salem this month for their special Christmas day. We had a lot of fun!

                                                                      I painted. Lol ;)

                                          Starbucks!!!!!!!!! I don't think I need to say more. :)

                         Here are some pictures from Handel's Messiah that we went to this month.


Well, that is my month (so far) in review! I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Have an epic Christmas!


Goodbye...(for now)

I know what you are thinking, "Already?". Well, yes actually. I'm going to take a teeny break from blogging for the time being. (I'm just a little busy right now and kind of overwhelmed with life.) I'll probably be gone for about 2 weeks. But. I will be back!!!!! I promise. And anyway, I could never leave you all for good. That would make me sad! I know that I'll miss you while I'm gone. :(

Yesterday we got to see Handel's "Messiah" preformed for FREE with some of our bestest friends. It was super fun. I only took one pic though. Sorry.

I have some awesome news--I got an iPod touch!! Now maybe that doesn't strike you all as awesome news, but it is for me. It has 8 gigs and I already filled it up with epic music. I'm also still using my little mp3 player in addition to my iPod because I have so much music. I don't know if that's something for me to be embarrassed about or not. What do you think? ;) I am totally an Apple person now! I'm a traitor, I know. But that's just too bad. I LOVE APPLE. So there. (in fact, I am currently blogging from my iPod. Pretty sweet. ;))

Ok, one last thing to share with you all. I just finished reading Mrs. Lynnette Kraft's ( lynnettekraft.com) book, "In Faithfulness He Afflicted Me". It was an excellent book! I totally recommend it! :) I have pre-purchased her latest book "He Heard Hannah" (due April 1) and can't wait to read it. You can pre-order a copy of "He Heard Hannah" or purchase "In Faithfulness He Afflicted Me" on Amazon.com. (I'd post the link but I tried and something's not working. I don't know what--I've never blogged from an iPod before.)

Well, that's all for the moment! Thanks so much (from the bottom of my heart) for following my blog, and caring and commenting and reading. Love to you all! :) <3


Happy Thanksgiving (The ABC's of Thanks)

I'm linking up with Mrs. Martin from Finding Joy and posting my ABC's of thanks. :)

So here are some things I am thankful for...

Apple Cider / Blogs and Blogger / Colors! / Dogs / Epic music / Friends / Great food ;) / History / Ice-cream / Jesus Christ / K-Love / Love and Laughter / Movies / Nature / Owl City / Pumpkins / Questions? (can't think of a good 'q' word :P) / Rusty (our dog) / Stars / Thanksgiving!! / Umbrellas / Violins / Water / X (?) / You! (my awesome followers!!) / Zesty stuff....

Hope you enjoyed reading! (that last one was pretty Lame... sorry ;))

What are you thankful for this thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Have a great day!